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Nvidia outs HTC Nexus 9

OK, so we’ve been filling you in on all of the online buzz regarding the purported Nexus 9, a supposed next-generation ‘reference tablet’ from Google by way of its partner HTC. Up to this point, though, despite the fact that many of the rumors were rather convincing, we hadn’t had any formal confirmation from anyone regarding the unit. Well, today’s the day! Head down to learn more about Nvidia little ‘slip of the tongue’.

Way to go, Nvidia

You folks may have heard that Nvidia is squabbling with Qualcomm and Samsung over its GPU technology patents. In a nutshell, NVIDIA’s alleging that an array of Samsung devices – the Note 4 and 3, S5 and S4, Note Pro, Tab S and Note Edge among them – all of which use certain of Samsung’s Exynos processors or some of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, violate seven different patents of Nvidia’s.

In the course of the case, a document was generated by Nvidia and/or its legal team that confirms the existence of the Nexus 9. The leak is all of one sentence, but it really does seem to confirm the device’s existence. But not only that, it also confirms rumors that the Nexus 9 will come with the Tegra K1 mobile processor. Here’s the sentence of interest:

Nvidia's legal document reveals Google and HTC's Nexus 9
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“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”

Even more interestingly, we also hear that the initial reference to the Nexus 9 has been edited out from the paperwork itself. But the damage has been done, and the cat’s out of the bag: a range of technology media outlets has saved the original file and posted screenshots for visitors to see and enjoy.

What else can we expect?

The Nexus 9 is expected to showcase the best Google and HTC can muster – the competition, after all, is formidable. As such, the Nexus 9’s screen will have to be a killer, and we hear that it’s going to come with a 2560 x 1600 display. In a nod to the whole metal-is-better thing, we also hear that it’ll be made of aluminum. Last (but most assuredly not the least) the Nexus 9 will most probably ship with “Android L”, the upcoming version of Google’s ultra-popular mobile OS.

Plenty of stuff to look forward to – and it’s great that we now know that the HTC Nexus 9 really is on the way! (And if you’re wondering when it might drop, remember last year, when KitKat and the Nexus 5 were revealed on Halloween? If Google runs true to form, we may only have a couple more weeks to wait before this year’s big reveal.)

source [Bright Side of News]

via [Droid Life]

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EVLeaks: HTC crafting T7 and T12 Android tablets

Another day, another Android tablet rumor. This one, though, comes from one of the “rumor-mongers” with a better track record than most: no less than EVLeaks (@evleaks). In a nutshell, the EVLeaks people are saying that HTC – you remember, they’re supposed to be hard at work on the rumored “Volantis”, the next-generation small Nexus tablet – is also working on a couple more tablets as well, the T7 and T12.

HTC logo

Where do they fit in?

To be perfectly honest, we’re not quite sure where the rumored T7 and T12 might fit in HTC’s lineup – and that’s partly because there are just about no details available concerning these two units just yet.

Well, we need to clarify our first statement. HTC hasn’t been one of the tablet-crazy Android manufacturers; far from it, as a matter of fact. It’s been a long time since the company’s released an Android tablet: they were actually one of the first to market with the HTC Flyer – does anyone remember that old tablet? You know, one of the first with an integrated stylus? Yeah, it’s been a while.

But given how popular tablets are at present, recent news about the tablet market softening notwithstanding – as well as the enduring success the company has had developing Nexus smartphones for Google – it should come as little surprise that HTC wants in on the market. Thus the “Volantis”, and thus these two tablets, or so the rumor goes. If the names are indicative of screen sizes, where they might be situated becomes clearer – the T7 could be a seven-incher, and the T12 a whopping twelve-incher, bracketing the “Volantis” which will supposedly be a hair under nine inches.

All other details, TBD

Essentially that’s all we have about the T7 and T12. But if the rumors about them are true, it could say a lot about HTC. The company’s been rumored to be in some trouble given the fact that only Samsung among all the Android manufacturers is making money doing what they do; however, if HTC is really working on the T7 and T12, it could signify that the company is digging in its heels and has grand plans for us tech geeks. More to come, stay stuck!

source [ EVLeaks]

via [ Liliputing]

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Viva “Volantis”! Here’s the Rumored HTC 8.9” Nexus Tablet

All the uncertainty about the Nexus lineup notwithstanding, HTC seems to be continuing to work on the next-generation midsize Nexus tablet for Google. Android Police has just posted information regarding the HTC’s rumored 8.9-inch Nexus tablet, the “Volantis” (its other name appears to be “Flounder” – perhaps not the best name for the latest member of a lineup whose future might be on the rocks, but we digress.)

HTC Volantis Nexus Android Tablet PC
image via androidpolice.com

Some hot “Volantis” (rumored) stats right here

The specs are really quite appealing – Android Police claims that the Volantis’ 8.9 inch screen will possess a 2048 x 1440 pixel resolution and will be powered by the NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor, making it something of a powerhouse. What’s more, the tablet’s body is also said to be noteworthy; it’s supposedly made of aluminum and will boast zero-gap construction.

The Volantis will supposedly be just 0.79 cm thick and will weigh 418 grams. That’s for the Wi-Fi version; the LTE version is said to weigh only a tiny bit more, 427 grams. Stereo front-facing speakers make the Volantis a gaming and multimedia lover’s delight. The cameras don’t seem particularly powerful, however, at just 8 MP (main) and 3 MP (front-facing), if you’re the kind of person for whom megapixel count matters. Neither does the 2 GB RAM nor the 16 GB/32 GB of internal storage impress, although, again, this isn’t too far off from what you get with similar tablets.

Shut up and take my money!

If you’re sold, you may want to set aside US $399 for the 16 GB or US $499 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi versions of the Volantis. Further, LTE connectivity will supposedly cost quite a bit more (possibly as much as $600 and up). Of course, as Android Police notes, the pricing may very well change between now and the launch date.

Android Police adds that the Volantis’ will be no mere product launch when it happens; it’s rumored to be the launch device for the next version of Android (“Android L”) when it’s purported to drop in Q4 2014. (It seems a bit unrealistic to expect the Volantis to be introduced at Google I/O, which is only a few days away.) Further, Android Silver, as many experts have already said, may well be the death knell of the Nexus program, but given that the Silver products may not be introduced until 2015, a couple more Nexus devices to keep the lineup fresh may be in the offing.

Then again, who knows? Everything here could be correct, only some of it, or none of it at all. Only time will tell – and come visit us again for more on the HTC Volantis!

source [ Android Police ]

via [ Tablet-News ]

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Is Google going for a Nexus 8.9?

According to a report from CNET, Google is gearing up on its plans to make a Goldilocks-sized Nexus 8.9. Let’s check it out, shall we?

Google new Nexus 7 Tablet PC (2013)
Will the Nexus 7 have a slightly bigger brother this year?

Nexus 8.9 in the works?

In an email to CNET, Rhoda Alexander, Director, Tablet and Monitor Research at IHS Technology, said that Google is planning an 8.9-inch tablet PC slated for release later this year. The interview covered a few important things about this rumored slate, so let’s break it down.

Production is going to start in July or August. This means that we will probably see this tablet PC – if the statements hold water, that is – in time for the holidays. Alexander indicated that HTC may be the manufacturer behind this upcoming Nexus tablet.

The Google Nexus 8.9 is going to be a premium, “high performance” device. According to Alexander, this baby is expected to have high end specs. She also indicated that production will be limited, and as a “lower volume product” the Nexus 8.9 will have a higher “price tag to support the specifications.” She did not have any information about the pricing, but she did say that the slate may become available upwards of US $299.

The new Google Nexus 7 is in the works too. Alexander said that they “still expect to see a 3rd generation of the Nexus 7 product at some point in 2014 but do not have any confirmation of actual contracts for such a product at present.”

Other Notes

Unfortunately, juicy details like specs and features were not discussed. Judging from the current market though, the Google Nexus 8.9 would have a number of strong competitors – and it’s not even out of the gates yet. There’s the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 on one end, and of course, the Apple iPad mini with Retina Display on the other. Samsung also has the upcoming Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

All three have premium specs, including the most blindingly crisp displays anywhere, and premium price tags as well. Will Google go down this route? Right now, it looks like it. This 8.9-incher may be what most people have been praying for, so we’re not complaining. We’re interested to know more about this baby, but we will have to wait for further confirmation. Until then, we will have to file this bit in the rumor bin.

source [ CNET ]

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